Want to know what I have had done to my face?

First of all, this is a NO JUDGEMENT ZONE.

Now we have that out of the way:

I am 54 this year. I realise that my skin is in good nick and fundamentally it is down to great genes and maintenance. My dad was Indonesian, my mum is Dutch, so I have had a pretty good head start in the way my skin looks. I have always taken good care of my skin, and never go to bed without taking my make up off.


There have been gradually some major changes in my skin over the last few years.

The usual changes as we get older:

  • Changes in the elasticity and strength of the connective tissue (especially noticeable in sun exposed areas)
  • The epidermis (outer layer of the skin) thins and becomes more fragile
  • Pigment changes
  • The skin repairs itself much slower as our cell metabolism slows down

Add to this an early onset of menopause due to 2 rounds of chemo therapy and radio therapy and we have a smorgasbord of skin issues.

Don’t  get me wrong, I am not complaining. As I have written previously; the fine lines are from laughing a lot, the sun spots are from long, summer days and if it wasn’t for the chemo meds, I wouldn’t be here today.

I would also like to add that I do not consider this as “work”. I have not had any “work” done, whatever that means. I think of “work” as a full blown cosmetic surgery, and there has been none. I like to consider what I do to my face to be maintenance and special care. Like a good running car, it needs to be looked after, and at different stages of its shelf life, requires different maintenance.

To those that believe I should age gracefully (what does that even mean??): This has nothing to do with wanting to look younger. I do not want to look younger. I am 54 this year, and thank God I made it this far. It has everything to do with when things  bother me, I  fix them and make them better, or make them go away.  As I do with a broken nail, or ironing my shirt so it doesn’t look creased, getting my teeth a good clean or have that cavity fixed or getting your heels replaced when they’re worn.

You get the picture.

So here is what I have had done:

IPL (Laser Treatment)

IPL for Hyperpigmentation by Bliss Day SpaThis was a game changer for me. Dani and the team from Bliss Day Spa proved to me that IPL can be a good option and fade those pesky pigmentation spots. It was getting harder and harder to cover them up, and I was thrilled with the results after 2 laser sessions*.  You can read all about my experience HERE

Regular Facial Treatments

I have had a Micro Dermabrasion treatments* at THASPA: a super exfoliating treatment to reveal soft, new skin. I have also had Acid Peels to chemically exfoliate my skin. One of my favourite treatments as a treat and to get the skin tight, plump and glowing, is OMNILUX LED Light Therapy*  Instant glow in 20 minutes, with optimum results after a course of multiple sessions.  A great treatment to have in your lunch break!

Now let’s talk about pricks:

Anti Wrinkle Injectables (BOTOX/DYSPORT)

I have been getting DYSPORT injections every 6 months for about 4 years now. I do not have deep lines, but solely have these done to lift my eyebrows a little. (it relaxes the muscle that drags the brows down). It takes about 2 weeks to properly set in but it gives me an ever so slight lift which works well for me. (you know those close ups of eye make up tutorials…yeah, for that). In the last session, my nurse Sunita added a little on the side of my eyes to immobilise the area that has fine lines and for the first time, in my chin as well. She says it will stop me from making funny faces which I tend to do when concentrating, it will elongate my face a little and therefor streamline my jawline. (I just let her do what she wants, she knows my face better than me!) It differs for people but mine lasts about 5-6 months.

Dermal Filler Injections

I received this treatment* for the first time,  when I went for my 6 monthly Dysport top up. I had been toying with the idea of getting fillers since last year. Allergies, and an extremely stressful 2 years have left my eyes looking quite deep set and gaunt and with that comes dark circles. I look tired all the time, even with the best concealer on the market!

Sunita explained the difference in fillers available. Fillers can be made with biodegradable substances, such as collagen or hyaluronic acid (HA), or non-biodegradable substances like silicone. She suggested the hyaluronic acid, which is found naturally in our own body. By the time we reach 40, our own HA has already been diminished to 50%. We decided on one syringe (1.2ml) to try.  She applied it in my cheekbones, to give me a little lift, and in the hollows under my sockets. Application in the tear duct or eye socket wasn’t possible, due to my sinus problems. She also applied a little dot on each side of my mouth to fix the corners that tend to move south as we get older.

The result is a fresher, more awake look which I love. By the time I went on holidays, I looked like I had been on one already!

PS. It is important to trust the person that injects, and I trust Sunita completely. In the next couple of weeks, I will have an interview with her on Fashionista in Suburbia. If you have any questions for her, let me know below and I will ask her.

High Quality Skin Care

And I do not mean the most expensive. I am not so keen on the term: anti ageing, instead I look for products that have ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid for moisturising, Vitamin A (or retinol) for fine lines, Vitamin C to keep those pigment cells at bay and skin bright, Glycolic or Lactic Acid to slough off those lazy dead skin cells. SPF50 every single day, and of course, I take my make up off every night.

I like and use/used:

As a last note, there seem to be a real taboo talking about injectables, and I am not sure why. Is it something to be ashamed of if you have had injectables as part of your beauty routine?

Would love to discuss…

*these treatments or products were gifted or part gifted. This does not affect my views or opinions. They are honest, and all my own. Please note that this is a personal review and products results may differ for other people.

You can contact Sunita O’Neill from Southern Cosmedics on sunita@southerncosmedics.com.au  or on 0415988161 . Let me know if you have any questions for her.

I have teamed up with some fab beauty bloggers over at Ingrids Monday Make Up madness.

Til Next Time

About Fashionista in Suburbia

Dutch Born, Fashionista in Suburbia lives at the Southern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. A Mum. A Wife. A Lover of all things sparkly, shiny and leopard print. A Shoe, Lipstick and Sunglasses Addict. A Typical Libra. A Breast Cancer Thriver.

25 thoughts on “Want to know what I have had done to my face?

  1. I don’t quite understand why people have such a problem with injectables. I get that people that are unfamiliar with them only think of the over done over filled faces, but subtle changes can make such a difference. I personally love them I have a small amount of Botox in my forehead and I have had fillers in my lips, that I would love to get done again.
    What you have had done looks amazing.

    1. I am puzzled too Desiree! My nurse likens it to sculpting the face and she would never give me a frozen puffed up face. She has done a great job x

  2. Great to be open about having a bit of tweaking, I’m all for it, totally need some at the moment. Cheers Jen x

  3. Love your honesty and being so open about a taboo topic – which I’m not sure why as long as it makes the person feel good I think that’s all that matters. I have considered getting fillers under my eyes to fill in the hollows, I’m a little nervous to bite the bullet and might keep relying on creams for now. May I ask roughly how much a treatment like that would cost per session? x

    1. It is a funny one isn’t it? Considering Botox has been around for 14 years! Cost depends on what you are having done. Most clinics charge by the unit, and I am not even sure what that means. Also depends on type of filler being used.

  4. I think you look great, Barbe, and appreciate your openness in talking about what you do to suit your preferences. Injectables are not something I have considered yet (but #neversaynever!) however as it becomes more popular and more “normal” people get it, I think we’ll see a bit of that taboo dropping away and it will become more commonplace, like a spray tan or teeth whitening.
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    1. Thank you Beth! The filler is a new thing for me, but I think very effective. Considering 1 ml only is used, it just looks a bit fresher.

  5. Nicole borzillo says:

    You look fabulous Barbe, whatever you are doing is so subtle I would never have thought you had had any injectables, grow old gracefully pfftttt – just grow and be fabulous x

    1. Subtlety is the key I think. I don’t know what the grow old gracefully means: grow old and let yourself go? After i have been so particular about looking after my skin for 50 years? Aint gonna happen (same as you xoxoxo)

  6. I had fillers done for the first time this year. In the same places as you. It’s very subtle and what a difference it’s made. Love it and will do it again as part of maintaining my grooming.

    1. Good for you Val! It is where we lose volume when we get older, i can see it in my photos. You keep going with whatever you are doing, you look lovely xoxox

  7. I sit very much like you, in the honesty camp. I have botox a couple of times a year, which helps with my crows feet (I blame dry as a dogs bone skin and constantly laughing all my life – but oh boy, the memories are priceless). I’ve also had fillers a couple of times too – when I feel I need them. I also look after my skin well, but sometimes it just needs a helping hand…a hand that I have no intention of letting go of!
    Great post Barbe xx
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  8. Chemo is a bit of a life saver, hey? 🙂

    Your skin looks amazing.

  9. Holey cow, you’re such a beauty ♥
    Super impressed with the treatments you’ve chosen Barbe, and the motivation behind it – good on you, and thanks a bunch for all the deets about your experiences. If my latest foray into topical applications fails, then I’m off to see what can be non-surgically done about my eye bags. I don’t give a fig about anything else connected with my particular ageing process, but my sacks are total joy killers, and the one thing I can’t disguise or cover up. Not aiming to look younger either, just tired of looking like I haven’t slept for a month lol! xxx

    1. aw thanks Kats. I am a sharer, so I don’t really think I should keep good things to myself! Do whatever makes you feel good! xoxoxo

  10. such an awesome post! thanks for sharing all the info. I’m not against doing anything to your own face or body, it’s yours to do what you want with and if you don’t like something why not make yourself feel better. I’d like to get some plastic surgery and all the things you mentioned here. I just need the funds and people I trust to do the work. I’d definitely go to your girl for the injectables if I lived there. .sigh… xo

    1. Thank you Amy! I have to admit, it is expensive, like every other treatment. I squirrel away a little money each week and amazing how much it adds up. It usually pays for my six monthly touch ups x

  11. You look great
    It makes you happy
    You are generous enough to share your experience
    Lucky us to learn from you xx

  12. kas adam-westray says:

    Barbs, I am quite a clot! Shoud have read this first, lol
    Well u know I am quite a critic and if someone or something didn’t look fabulous (erg mooi) I would be silent. U look absolutely bloody amazing, I tell u so!
    I haven’t had a problem with going down the injectable route, also plagued with ill health, annoying personal issues, moving continents, stress …. much of the same BS that plagues many of us just haven’t used it as a priority though I have always looked after my skin and think, actually know its in very good knick! However …. I don’t want to stop getting older, or ageing. That to me is a priviledge denied to many. One thing that I am determined to get going once again in my 6wk facial at my #Environ salon.
    So keen to have a good dermabrasion or an acid peel done too and think once that is done I’m all ready to accept hot tips from my girlfriends, my bloggers …..
    Thank u for this great and honest article, Kas xx

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